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Pierre Fortin is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and former President of the Canadian Economics Association.
His research interests include economic growth and fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policy, social policy and public finance.
He was a member of the Committee of Economic Advisors to the Minister of Finance of Canada and Senior Economic Advisor to the Premier of Quebec. He has chaired government working groups on business investment, income security and the agri-food industry.
He has received the Governor General's Gold Medal, the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences award, the Douglas Purvis Memorial Award (for best publication in the field of economic policy in Canada), and four times the National Magazine Awards Foundation Gold Medal (for best regular column in a Canadian magazine). He is Commander of the Order of Montreal and Knight of the Order of Quebec.
He holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.